With the introduction of the Toyota Highlander XSE trim in 2021, heads will be turning to appreciate its stunningly aggressive looks, high quality finish, and time-tested reputation. Available in either front-wheel drive or with an advanced all-wheel drive system, it might be the best family SUV money can buy today.

There isn’t much about the Toyota Highlander that hasn’t already been said. As a family-pleasing urban hauler, the nameplate has garnered a loyal following in its 20+ year run spanning four generations. Known for its bulletproof reliability, versatile and well-appointed interior, and best-in-class resale value, it became increasingly difficult for Toyota to reinvent such an icon in a sea of worthy competitors.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom

In terms of exterior styling, there’s an entirely revised front grill blending in a massive lower air intake and lower lip spoiler, edgy side skirts, and a rear that shows off its dual-exhaust chrome tips. People outside will also be staring down a menacing glare of LED strip daytime lights and a cool white high-intensity beam at night.

The revised front grill of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
The revised front grill of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
Dual-exhaust chrome tips on the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
Dual-exhaust chrome tips on the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Easy to maintain and highly durable, standard seats are wrapped in black Softex with fabric trimmings. However, a unique two-tone black and red leather option is also available for the ones who miss their weekend roadster.

Available red and black leather interior of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
Available red and black leather interior of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom

All models come with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity suites, allowing a seamless usage of phone-based functionalities right on the console display. Moreover, a total of five high-output USB ports are distributed throughout the cabin to charge even the most power-hungry devices.

Front dash and console of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
Front dash and console of the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom

The end result is a mainstream urban crossover with a premium Lexus-like fit and finish. Shapes are sculpted by masterful hands then assembled with rigorous precision. Small details, down to the firm response feel of the buttons on the steering wheel, are not neglected. In short, the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE makes a compelling statement to be the model to ask for in dealerships.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE. Credit: Toyota Newsroom

Technical Specifications

Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC VVT-i D-4S Injection
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Horsepower: 295 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Drivetrain: FWD or Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD
Tow capacity: 5000 lbs.

Automotive Sales Webinar

For those working in automotive sales, BLINKCO’s own CEO, Basel Cheneir, will be co-hosting a webinar on April 15, 2020 at 10:00AM EST about the future of the automotive industry. He will be joined alongside two other prominent industry insiders in Canada. Mr. Cheneir has many years of experience as retail sales manager at Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Infiniti. Internationally, he also represented the Infiniti brand in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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